City Council considers infrastructure items


By Carolyn Roy

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Progressive Construction of Alexandria is the apparent low bidder for the St. Denis Water Line Replacement and Street Rehabilitation Project.

At the City Council meeting Monday, an ordinance was introduced to award the bid to Progressive Construction for $793,520. It will be voted on at the next meeting, April 10. Other bidders included Merrick LLC of Cottonport, $961,162; Pat William Construction of Leesville, $974,897; and Regional Construction LLC of Natchitoches, $1,038,790.

The project to replace the sewer lines and overlay St. Denis should begin in mid-May and be completed by mid-July. The street will remain open during construction. In another public works project, the Council, by resolution, approved the change order for $99,202 to the Lafayette Street rehab project by Progressive Construction Co. It adds work on Second Street in front of Lasyone’s to increase the water line from 8 inches to 12 inches. A larger water line will facilitate firefighting on multi-story buildings and improve the fire rating.

Vista Construction Group, LLC, is the apparent low bidder to build a pavilion at the Natchitoches Tennis Complex in East Natchitoches. Vista’s bid for $312,615 will add bathrooms and overhang to shield spectators during tennis matches. Other bidders were J.C. Lewis Contractors Managers of Center, Texas, $326,501; Pat Williams Construction of Leesville, $330,371; Douglas Construction and Remodeling Inc. of Shreveport, $356,236; Womack and Sons Construction Group LLC of Harrisonburg, $378,775; and Martin Metal Construction LLC of Natchitoches, $425,278.

Dean Nida & Associates LLC of Sarasota, Fla., is the apparent low bidder for Christmas lighting supplies with a bid of $27,110. It was the only bid. In other business, the Council adopted an ordinance setting the millage rate for 2018. The public safety tax is for 10 mills and general alimony tax is for 7.03 for a total of 17,030. The Council will transfer 31 self-contained breathing apparatus air cylinders to Fire Protection District No. 4. The equipment has been declared surplus.

The council approved the appointment of Henry Kinberger and Johnny Broussard to the Natchitoches Fire and Police Civil Service Board. The three-year terms begin May 8. The next City Council meeting will be Monday, April 10.

City offices will close Friday, March 30 for Good Friday.